Vietnam tank on display at Sea-Tac hotel

No, it’s not a security breach of massive proportions.

The Marine Corps Reserve tank company out of Yakima, B Company, 4th Tank Battalion, will be providing a public tank display on Aug. 20 to Aug. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the SeaTac Doubletree Airport Hotel in support of the USMC Vietnam Tankers Association Reunion.

The tank on display will be the Abrams M1A1 currently in use in operations in Iraq. Other military equipment will also be on display, and Marine Corps personnel will be on hand to answer questions regarding the features and capabilities of this equipment. Also, in attendance will be Lt. Gen. Martin R. Steele, USMC (Ret.), who was one of the developers of the Abrams M1A1.
This display is provided for the public’s view and also for the reunion of the Vietnam Tankers Association.

The Vietnam Tankers Association has a biennial reunion dating back to 1999 when the association was first organized. The goal of the association is to twofold. One – to provide a place were former comrades in arms can get together and celebrate the friendships developed during the Vietnam War as Marine Tankers. Secondly, the association has formed the Marine Corps Vietnam Tankers Historical Foundation to research, record, archive, and publish the individual stories of the men who served in Marine Corps Tanks in Vietnam from 1965 to 1970.

This year’s reunion expects about 200 members to be in attendance.

The U.S. Marine Corps has established a USMC Vietnam Tankers historical section for the collection of artifacts and individual stories of the nearly 15,000 men who served in the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tank Battalion in Vietnam.